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University of Bath

Elizabeth Dent, Rebecca Hall, Katie Hutchinson, Dan Miller, Piotr Paszkiewicz

Our Fitzrovia Exchange Model aims to address the lack of everyday community exchange within London by providing platforms for people to connect and interact throughout the city.

We propose a high-density building strategy that makes use of vacant spaces within the city while reusing and repurposing existing buildings. The scheme can be broken down into three constituent parts: The Hive, Satellite Exchange Pavilions and Landscaped Routes.

The Hive is based on a modular structural frame that can be inhabited and extended over time as the city densifies. Hives are large landmark interventions at the core of communities that provide event spaces, workshops and accommodation based on the co-living concept.

Pavilions are smaller-scale architectural interventions located at various sites across the city, taking the form of exhibition spaces, public book exchanges, teaching spaces etc. Their design and use are site-specific, but follow the modular language of The Hive while acting as a gateway to other pavilions and hubs around the city via landscaped routes and walkways.